Prince staff engineer Susan Rogers to be next guest in a special National Album Day edition

of “Let’s Talk About Music” on 6th October to discuss “Sign O’ The Times"

Acclaimed for her work on iconic Eighties albums “Sign O’ The Times”, “Purple Rain”, “Around The World In A Day” and “Parade”

Free tickets now available to virtual event on Tuesday 6th October at 6.30pm



The BPI and Official Charts Company are partnering once again to host Let’s Talk About Music – the online event which discusses music and the impact it has on our lives.

The organisers are delighted to announce that the special guest for this third edition of the event, which takes place on Tuesday 6th October in the week leading up to National Album Day on Saturday 10th October, will be long-time Prince collaborator Susan Rogers. Susan will be in conversation with Official Charts CEO Martin Talbot, talking about the making of Prince’s iconic Eighties album “Sign O’ The Times” among other greats. In addition, she will also give an insight on her new book on music listening, which will be published in 2021.

To register for a free admission to Let’s Talk About Music on 6th October please see link below

Susan will need no introduction to Prince fans, having worked closely with him as his Staff Engineer on many of his iconic albums including “Sign O' The Times”, “Purple Rain”, “Around The World In A Day” and “Parade”. But in a remarkable life that has seen her work as a record producer and sound engineer with many other artists ranging from David Byrne to Tricky, Susan has gone on to pursue a successful academic career and is now an Associate Professor in the Music Production and Engineering and Liberal Arts departments at Berklee College of Music, Boston USA. See Notes.

The BPI continues to adapt to host online seminars exploring the business side of the music industry. This partnership with the Official Charts Company is one of many born of a desire to lift our community’s spirits in these difficult times by talking about the one love that unites us all: music itself. Previous contributors to the Let’s Talk About Music series include acclaimed music critic Pete Paphides, and broadcaster and London’s Night Czar, Amy Lamé.


Notes to Editors

About Susan Rogers
Susan Rogers holds a doctorate in psychology from McGill University, where she studied music cognition and psychoacoustics under researchers Daniel Levitin and Stephen McAdams. Her research focuses on auditory memory, the perception of musical signals, and the influence of musical training on auditory development. For two decades prior to her science career, Rogers was one of the world's few women known for her work as a record producer, engineer, mixer, and audio electronics technician. Career highlights include years (1983–1988) as staff engineer for recording artist Prince and working with such diverse artists as Barenaked Ladies, David Byrne, Tricky, and Tevin Campbell. Rogers is the director of the Berklee Music Perception & Cognition Laboratory. She is currently writing a book on music listening for W. W. Norton Publishing for 2021.

Career highlights
Recordings as a mixer/engineer with Prince, David Byrne, Barenaked Ladies, Tricky, Paul Westerberg, Geggy Tah, and Michael Penn.

Recordings include "Purple Rain," "Around the World in a Day," "Parade," and "Sign 'o the Times" by Prince, and Stunt by Barenaked Ladies.

Produced singles for artists such as Robben Ford, Jeff Black, and Rusted Root.

Mixed hit singles for Toad the Wet Sprocket & Tevin Campbell; engineered singles for many other artists.

Research interests include auditory memory, music perception and cognition, and psychoacoustics

Source BPI

September 21, 2020 9:59am ET by BPI  

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